- an affective state of consciousness in which joy, sorrow, fear, hate, or the like, is experienced, as distinguished from cognitive and volitional states of consciousness.
- any of the feelings of joy, sorrow, fear, hate, love, etc.
- any strong agitation of the feelings actuated by experiencing love, hate, fear, etc., and usually accompanied by certain physiological changes, as increased heartbeat or respiration, and often overt manifestation, as crying or shaking.
- an instance of this.
- something that causes such a reaction: the powerful emotion of a great symphony.
Origin of emotion
Related Words for emotionlessmatter-of-fact, impassive, deadpan, dispassionate, detached, unemotional, blank, chill, cold, cold-blooded, cool, distant, flat, frigid, glacial, heartless, icy, immovable, impersonal, indifferent
Examples from the Web for emotionless
Contemporary Examples of emotionless
Why We Love It: Arnold Schwarzenegger really makes you believe you are looking at an emotionless, stiff robot.Terminator, Wall-E & More of the Best Robots in Film (Video)
July 13, 2013
Historical Examples of emotionless
To all outward seeming, nerveless, emotionless, an abject creature.Within the Law
The thin carven features of the children were emotionless, waiting.Now We Are Three
Joe L. Hensley
His face was emotionless as he looked beyond the light into the bisected shell.Made in Tanganyika
Carl Richard Jacobi
"I know," she said, ever emotionless before so much emotion.
"And damned, I hope," she answered me in that same cold, emotionless voice.
- any strong feeling, as of joy, sorrow, or fear
Word Origin for emotion
1570s, "a (social) moving, stirring, agitation," from Middle French émotion (16c.), from Old French emouvoir "stir up" (12c.), from Latin emovere "move out, remove, agitate," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + movere "to move" (see move (v.)). Sense of "strong feeling" is first recorded 1650s; extended to any feeling by 1808.
- An intense mental state that arises subjectively rather than through conscious effort and is often accompanied by physiological changes.
- A psychological state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort and is sometimes accompanied by physiological changes; a feeling.